10/16/2012 09:13 am ET Updated Dec 16, 2012

Man Who Killed Cop Was Distraught Over Custody Fight, West Bloomfield Police Reports Show

An hour before fatally shooting a West Bloomfield police officer, Ricky Nelson Coley sent a text message to his ex-wife.

"Without (joint) custody and clear visitation rights c u other side," the note said, while also directing her to let their son know that he loved him.

That note, describing an apparent custody struggle over the couple's 7-year-old son, was referenced in police reports the Free Press obtained Monday as part of a Freedom of Information Act request

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